When we moved to Oregon on July 1, we followed the advice of smart friends, and we spent a week “on vacation,” playing tourist, before my husband started his job. I feel like this really helped our kids have a positive first impression of Portland–after hitting the Oregon Zoo, multiple parks and downtown fountains (Sellwood Park and Keller Fountain Park are definitely favorites), the Portland Aerial Tram, etc., its hard not to be happy! I stayed behind for most of the adventures, but have since ventured out just a bit more.
One of our favorite places is Cannon Beach. The Oregon Coast isn’t known for its balmy temperatures, either air or water, but if you bring a sweatshirt, its a beautiful place!
We have actually been three times–when you have nothing to do and no friends to do it with, plus drive a hybrid, an hour and a half drive to the beach is no big deal! On our last trip, amazingly, the sun was shining, there was not a cloud in the sky, the tide pools were teeming with life, and the pictures were unedited. It was beautiful.
A bit of sand and sun and surf is good for the soul, even if you just sit on a beach chair the entire afternoon!